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Owen Sheers and Andrea Levy

A Common Wealth of Stories

Hay Festival 2004, 
Owen Sheers' The Dust Daries is a daring cutting of biography and fiction about the poet's search for his ancestor Aurther Shearly Cripps, a legendary missionary in nineteenth-century Rhodesia. Andrea Levy's Small Island explores the Windrush-generation's experience of Caribbean immigration into post-war Britain.

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Brian Fagan

The Long Summer: How Climate Changed Civilization

Hay Festival 2004, 
Fagan examines the unprecedented prolonged global warming of the last 15,000 years that has shaped the modern world. Today 200,000,000 people barely survive on marginal agricultural land in places such as North-eastern Brazil, Ethopia and the Saharan Sahel.

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Benjamin Zephaniah

Hay Festival 2004, 
The mesmerising vegan, rastfarian dub/rap poet performs for a young and family audience.

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Francesca Rhydderch

Wales Book of the Year Shortlist

Hay Festival 2004, 
The announcement introducing the six short listed writers for the Book of the Year 2004 award.

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Benjamin Zephaniah and Oi Va Voi

Hay Festival 2004, 
The dynamic and brilliant dub poet performs his adult, reggae-driven poetry in the first half, and then the cult fusion band parties after the interval. Oi Va Voi draw on the disparate musical experiences including traditional klezmer performances, DJing out leftfield jazz, Latin and drum and bass.

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Richard Jenkyns, Robert Irwin, Mary Beard

Wonders of the World

Hay Festival 2004, 
Three contributors to the Profile series look at the world's architectural masterpieces and consider their significance. Jenkyns examines Westminster Abbey, Irwin The Alhambra, and Beard The Parthenon.

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Catherine Fisher, Marcus Sedgwick and Jonathan Stroud

Hay Festival 2004, 
With J.R.R Tolkien's on-going success proving the nation-wide love of fantasy, three of the best of today's fantasy writers talk about their books, the public image of fantasy and the scope it offers a writer to explore the darker side of life.

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Patrick McGrath and Patrick Marber

Working Title Masterclass: Adaptation

Hay Festival 2004, 
Conversation with the playwright and screenwriter, Marber (Closer, Coogan's Run, The Day Today) who adapted McGrath's Asylum for the cinema.

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Art, not Chance - Science, not Art

Hay Festival 2004, 
How do artworks emerge? How does scientific research progress? Avoiding both stereotype and romantic fantasy, mathematician MArcus du Sautoy, neurophysiologist Mark Lythgoe, performance artist Bobby Baker and sculptor Richard Wentworth open their diaries.

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Darren Shan

Hay Festival 2004, 
Introducing the tenth part of the Saga of Darren Shan, The Lake of Souls. Darren will talk about his hugely popular series, compelling story-lines and how Warner Bros will turn his words into film.

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Tom Petherick and Melaine Eclare

Heligan: Portrait of the Lost Gardens

Hay Festival 2004, 
The Cornish estate gardens at Heligan flourished from their establishment in the twelth century until the tragedies of the Great War. Rediscovered in 1990 and restored, they are now the most visited private gardens in BRitain. The Horticultural Director and the country's leading garden photographer discuss the story.

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Virginia Nicholson, C.K Stead

Among the Bohemians

Hay Festival 2004, 
In her study of the era, Nicholson explores the lives and work of the Bloomsbury set including Dylan and Caitlin Thomas, Augustus John and her grandmother, Vanessa Bell. Stead conjures the same set in his novel Mansfield, a fictionalised account of his fellow New Zealander and Bloomsbury star Katherine Mansfield.

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Matt Whyman talks to Matt Seaton

Hay Festival 2004, 
Agony uncle for AOL and 19 Magazine, Matt Whyman really knows what makes teenage boys tick. He also knows about gun running, street gangs and the Columbian underworld. Matt will be interviewed about the incredible research behind his hard-hitting Boy Kills Man as well as talking about his insights into teenage tensions and taboos.

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Denis Judd

The Lion and The Tiger

Hay Festival 2004, 
Professor Judd examines the relationship between Britain and India from the first Elizabethan pirates and the foundation of the East India Company in 1600 to the overthrow of the Raj.

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Rebecca Fraser

A People's History of Britain

Hay Festival 2004, 
Britain's story of resilience and liberty. 'Fraser has blown a tremendous blast of traditional British history - kings and quens, battles and heroines, and the sturdy people whose energy and genius made it all possible. The young will ove it, the old will have the hearts warmed, and all will learn from it.' (Paul Johnson).

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William Nicholson

Hay Festival 2004, 
The Oscar-winning screenwriter (Gladiator, Shadowlands) and children's novelist (The Wind Singer) introduces his first novel for adults, The Society of Others. 'He has nowhere to go. So he goes there. It's a journey. Just not the usual kind.

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Celia Rees

Hay Festival 2004, 
Since last appearing at Hay, Celia Rees has truly established herself as the best teller of tales based in historical fact with the phenomenally best-selling Pirates! Come and hear her talk about wonderful writing, riviting research and swashbuckling adventure.

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Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran

The Great Hydrogen Hoax

Hay Festival 2004, 
The European Commission has officially declared that it will be the 'world's first hydrogen superpower'. Governor Schwarzenegger vowed to build Hydrogen Highway from Vancouver to Tijuanna - and this comes from a man who owns seven Hummer SUV's! OUr intrepid energy correspondent tangles with Exxon, BUsh and Cindy Crawford on the trail of this years grand delusion.

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Julian Fellows talks to Laurence Marks

Hay Festival 2004, 
The Oscar-winning screenwriter (Gosford Park) discusses his first novel, Snobs, a witty and enthralling contemporary comedy of manners set against the background of aristocracy, business and actors.

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Christopher Duncan and Susan Scott

The Return of the Black Death: The Worlds Greatest Serial Killer

Hay Festival 2004, 
The Zoology Professor and the Social Historian, now widely consulted on bio-terrorism and emergent disease, report on their groundbreaking analysis of the series of plagues that ravaged Eorupe in the Middle Ages.

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Philip Reeve

Hay Festival 2004, 
A rare chance to meet the best-selling author of the award-winning Mortal Engines and Predators Gold

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Colin Dexter

The Name and Nature of Poetry

Hay Festival 2004, 
The creator of Morse gives this year's lecture in the spirit of the Shropshire poet.

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Arnold Wesker

All About Love

Hay Festival 2004, 
In this forth performance the playwright reads his libretto Grief, the three short monologues The Four Seasons, and the classic Love Letters on Blue Paper. 

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Anthony Sattins, Tom Stacey, Giles Milton

Africa Hands

Hay Festival 2004, 
Sattin is the author of The Gates of Africa: Death, Discovery and the Search for Timbuktu. Milton has written White Gold: The Extraordinary Story of Thomas Pellow and North Africs's One Million European Slaves. Stacey's Tribe: The Hidden History of the Mountains of the Moon is the hidden history of the Ruwenzori Mountains, the glacier crowned range in the heart of equatorial Africa.

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Peter Blake talks to Francine Stock

The Tate Etc Interview

Hay Festival 2004, 
The godfather of Pop Art and co-founder of the Brotherhood of Ruralists, famous for his iconic Sargeant Pepper album cover, and celebrated for his constantly adventerous reinvention of modernity, is the subject of this inaugural Tate conversation at Hay/

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